Yoga Brain

011: Dr. Paul Berg, PhD: PTSD & Yoga for Veterans and First Responders

January 03, 2022 Yoga Brain
Yoga Brain
011: Dr. Paul Berg, PhD: PTSD & Yoga for Veterans and First Responders
Show Notes

Dr. Paul Berg, is a professor at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. He guides teachers on accommodating students with PTSD in military classrooms . He notes the effects of trauma and learning as studied in his dissertation and works to provide resources for veterans and first responders to tend to their mental and emotional well-being.

By practicing yoga.

Breathing techniques and meditation are an imperative asset to Paul's trainings - in calming the mind and soothing impeding anxieties. 

Paul served for the military as a helicopter pilot for over twenty years, including four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. We chat over Paul's military history and what all changed within the organization during his terms. Stress and war trauma impacted Paul’s sense of safety and caused great strain on his neck, turning him to consider surgery after retirement. When Paul’s doctor recommended yoga, Paul called his local studio and tried his first restorative class. It was after that moment that Paul started studying meditation and yoga as tool to center, move energy through the body and calm the central nervous system.

Paul emphasizes how veterans don’t want the label, they want to be treated like everyone else, and to see PTSD as very real and something to tend to for your students, employees, family and friends.

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Special Guest
Dr. Paul Berg

Host & Producer
Jenny Martin

Executive Editor
Matt Thomas

"Kismet" Song
Connor Yeager

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